This iPhone (News
)-based mobile and wireless multi-modal system is the first-of-its kind in the world and its application for patent is pending.
According to a release, BI2 has inked a contract from the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) to implement a new facial recognition system in fourteen County Sheriffs Departments and up to twenty-eight individual police departments in Massachusetts.
The state and local law enforcement agencies in forty-seven states are already using iris biometric technologies from BI2 Technologies and it has been officially endorsed by the National Sheriffs’ Association.
William K. Conlon, the police chief for the city of Brockton said that MORIS system is compatible with the existing system and can enhance the capability of the fingerprint and iris biometric recognition systems. MORIS system will enable them to compare the unique descriptive features of the face with database of individuals to determine within seconds the identity and criminal information of an individual. This can be done in a community as the wireless multi-modal biometric capability becomes available on the iPhone.
Sean G. Mullin, president and CEO of BI2 Technologies stated that the iris biometric network which is secure and encrypted is being used by law enforcement agencies to identify offenders, suspects and gang members within seconds. Now the biometric capabilities are combined on iPhone platform to provide wireless ability to positively identify offenders in any location within seconds.
BI2 Technologies uses the facial recognition technology from Animetrics Inc., which is a patented 2D-3D face technology. It provides accurate identification of natural and uncontrolled face images taken from all types of cameras.
The new facial recognition system is expected to be implemented in the whole of Commonwealth of Massachusetts by the fall of 2010.
In related news, NEC (News
) recently established
a "NEC Biometrics Excellence Center" in Bangalore, India.
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Alice Straight